the ultimate prebiotic
Seaweed is great for digestive health, probiotic bacteria seem to love it. So good, in fact, that it might soon be a new (prebiotic) ingredient in Winclove’s probiotic formulations.
Seaweeds are macro algae that are essential to marine life for food and habitat. Despite its recently trendy, superfood status, seaweed has been used all over the world for thousands of years, but has most notably been a prominent part of Asian diets for the longest period of time, particularly in Japan, Korea and China.
There are three main types of seaweed, based on where they are found on the shoreline: green, red and brown seaweeds. The most popular seaweed species are nori, which is dried in sheets and widely used to make sushi.
All types contain a rich supply of minerals, most prominently calcium, copper, iodine and iron. They are also rich in protein, fibre and vitamins, specifically vitamin K and folic acid.
Seaweeds are thought to be beneficial for health. Purported benefits include antiviral, anticancer, and anticoagulant properties as well as the ability to modulate gut health and risk factors for obesity and diabetes. A review published by Irish researchers on the benefits of seaweed for human health, published in Nutrition Reviews reported indications of potential benefits for both health stats (digestive health, weight management) and chronic disease (cancer, cvd, diabetes and osteoporoisis). Since seaweeds seems to have on gut health Winclove is looking into the possibilities to incorporate seaweeds as a prebiotic compound of our probiotic formulations. We’ll keep you updated!
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